Worse by the Day. It seems that the Portola High School toxics scandal just gets worse by the day. With the State-ordered testing completed — and all 17 test wells showing toxic petrochemical contamination — it’s apparent that there is a serious, site-wide problem. Now, IUSD’s environmental consultant is blaming the contamination on the long-ago use of IRWD’s recycled water to irrigate row crops on the site. This, of course, was denied by IRWD officials who have trumpeted the Water District’s exemplary recycled water program for years. The likely source of the toxic contamination? Not IRWD, but the use of the property for military aircraft — including massive dumping of fuels and solvents when the site was part of the El Toro Marine Corps Airbase.
Read this month’s feature story. Also read Dr. Harvey Liss’s TestForToxics.org article. It is a detailed but clear, step-by-step description of what’s been going on.
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